A week after the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) film awards generated public backlash on the lack of diversity in their nominations, the Academy Awards' "small concessions to diversity" are now being seen as stark in contrast, reports the Guardian.
These include Cynthia Erivo who was nominated for best actress for her role in a biopic, "Harriet", of abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
Both Boon Jong Ho's "Parasite", a South Korean black comedy, and Greta Gerwig's "Little Women", based on a Louisa May Alcott classic, have clinched six nominations.
Gerwig herself however did not make the nomination for best director.
Meanwhile, Todd Phillips' "Joker" has emerged as a clear favourite with 11 nominations, including for best picture, best director and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, who played the infamous villain.
The epic war thriller "1917", along with Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and Martin Scorsese's mob film "The Irishman" followed "Joker" with 10 nominations.
In 2016, the Academy Awards, more widely known as the Oscars, said they would double their number of female and minority voters by 2020. This led to an "enormous draft of fresh members, including 842 new faces in 2019," according to the Guardian report.